Martial arts school owner arrested for alleged sexual assault of student, sheriff says

Joseph Rene Caballero charged with sexual assault of a child, a 2nd degree felony

SAN ANTONIO – The owner and instructor of a martial arts school was arrested Saturday for the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old female student, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

Salazar said a student at the school called The Exception Squad at 7616 Culebra Road started receiving notes from Joseph Rene Caballero with “grooming-type” behavior and acting like a secret admirer.

The student and Caballero developed a relationship where Caballero sexually abused her, Salazar said.

The student informed a family member of Caballero’s alleged actions, which initiated an investigation, Salazar said.

Caballero, 40, was taken into custody and charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.

Salazar believes the martial arts school that Caballero owns is still in business and there could potentially be more victims.

Online court records show Caballero was released from jail on a $75,000 bond.

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